Why Buying Second-hand Apple is Smart
If you’re looking to buy an iPad, but are often put off by the expensive prices that come with buying a brand-new tablet, then you could get much more value for money by purchasing one that’s used.
We’ve rounded up ten reasons why buying a used iPad is a great way to get the product you want, but at a much better price.
1. Yearly Releases
Apple releases a new iPad every year, normally at a special event in October and it’s one of the many reasons why waiting until a new one is released before picking up the last-gen model at a much cheaper price is a great choice.
Take this year for instance, the new iPad Air 2 is basically the same machine as last year, just a tad thinner and with a newer processor, but it also knocks down the price of the original. So, you’ll get a great product, for a lot less money than it would of cost just a month or two ago.
2. People Love to Have the Newest Version
Another plus point, for you anyway, of Apple releasing a new iPad every year is that those folk who just have to have the latest tech are looking to get rid of the old model, freeing up space for the new one.
This means you can nip in and bag yourself a bargain. See, Apple products really don’t have to be expensive.
3. Look Out for Higher GB Versions
Having more storage space on an iPad is great; you can load it with more apps, music and movie without constantly worrying about deleting stuff but pumping up the internal storage on brand spanking new iPad’s can leave a massive hole in your wallet.Luckily that’s not always the case when picking up an older used model.
Look hard on eBay and you’ll be able to find higher gigabyte versions of older iPad’s, without the higher mark-up Apple normally adds.
4. Software Updates
One area where it’s hard to knock Apple is its support of older devices for many years after release. This makes a buying an older iPad a lot less of a risk, because you’ll still get all the new and juicy features with the big software updates that Apple push every year.
Take the iPad 2 for example; a device that was released in early 2011 is still receiving software as of 2014. That means it’ll run the latest version iOS 8, just the same as the newest iPad Air 2. Obviously performance won’t be quite as snappy, but the majority of the new features will still work.
5. Skip the iPad 3
While the majority of iPad’s sat on store shelves for a whole year, the iPad 3 lasted barely six months before it was unceremoniously ousted and replaced by the iPad 4.
While the iPad 3 was the first iPad to boast a high-resolution Retina display, it also struggled under the pressure of pushing all those pixels around and suffered from poor battery life and a heavy build. We’d either recommend the iPad 2 or 4, if you don’t want to step up to the Air, but steer clear of the iPad 3.
6. The Apple Genius Bar
Situated in all Apple retail stores, the Genius Bar is great if you’re new to the Apple ecosystem, even if you’ve purchased your iPad second hand. Got any problems, they’re pretty good at sorting it out, though they’re even better at showing you all the things you can do with your new (old) device.
7. New Apps and Games Still Work
Even if you pick up an iPad that is no longer sold by Apple, the chances are that even games and apps will still work just fine on your device.
We had a quick scan through some of the top ranking apps and games on the App Store and we’re happy to say that most will work with iPad 2 and up, even a couple of the big, graphically intense games, like Modern Combat 5 still will work with the three year old iPad 2. This is a big boost for older devices and won’t leave you feeling left out when a new must-play title comes out.
8. iPad Accessories
Whether it’s a case, keyboard attachment or speaker dock, iPad accessories are plentiful and often extend the usefulness of the tablet no end. What’s more, accessories are often made just for one iPad, so when a new comes out, they’re redundant, this means they can often be found much cheaper.
Also, you can often find those selling iPad’s along with accessories, so it’s worth keeping an eye out for that too. If you pick up an iPad 2 or iPad 3, note that they both use the old 30-pin connector, as opposed to the Lightning connector that debuted with the iPad 4, this obviously alters the extras that will be compatible.
9. Resale Value
You may not be want to think about selling your new iPad before you’ve even bought it, but it’s always good to know that you’ll make a decent sum back when you do.
iPad’s hold their value impressively and are always in high demand, meaning there will be someone, just like you who's happy to give an older iPad a new home.
10. Consider Going Mini
While the full size 9.7-inch display toting iPad has a larger canvas to play with, keep an eye out also for the iPad Mini, which can be had cheaper than its larger brother.
The original iPad Mini, which was released late 2012, is comparable, in internal specs, to the iPad 2. While the iPad Mini with Retina Display, announced last year, is comparable to the iPad Air.